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of this kind of imminent threat, it requires me being off u.s. soil. >> right. there's a big distinction here, that's important to talk about. this memo only applies in situations where an american citizen is in a combat area. not even -- they can't do it in the streets of london. the memo talks about in a place that is essentially a war zone. >> but we don't have a declared war against these places. >> we do have authorization of use of military force against al qaeda. that's -- >> the zones. >> those are the areas. you know, yemen, afghanistan, formerly iraq, that's where we use those powers. but you talk about your phone calls, you have a -- they need a warrant to listen to your phone calls in the united states. but if you call yemen, they don't need a warrant. >> they can listen. what about mali, is that considered to be a place where, if you're planning an attack against me and you're safe, from i don't know, poughkeepsie, they can take you out there? >> the memo doesn't deal with na directly but you can bet the answer is yes. mali -- anywhere where we think al qaeda mig
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pictures of them yesterday, they say, help us, you know, we are in need of help, you know, we need food, you know, that kind of thing. so, yeah, they're all kind of help and distress signals. some of them are kind of lighthearted, you know, but most of them are sincere. >> larry, at the very least are you feeling as though you are at the end of this really awful odyssey knowing that you're now within view of land at least and that you are just hours away finally from getting off of that disabled ship? >> yeah. and i think that i can probably speak for most people, i don't know how much more we could have took. i mean, it was really getting to be stressful and, you know, really taking a toll on everybody just, you know, it's, like, we're counting the days and, you know, when you get up in the morning the first thing you're thinking about is how many hours before i can go to sleep and get this day behind me and get closer to home. >> larry, i wish you the best of luck. good luck to you. that is just really, really difficult. i can't imagine what you are dealing with, what your passengers
at one mile an hour. we continue to talk through this hour. if you have been with us, we have been covering this for the last couple of hours and we are seeing around this ship people have scrawled out messages on sheets, help us, signs, we saw the first glimpse of the passengers wearing these bathrobes because keep in mind they packed and they are inching along off the coast of cozumel. they are cold. now stories of mattresses soaked in sewage. they are sleeping on decks. here are the pictures. one by one by one under sheetinsheets. freedom within sight for the 4,000 people on board. here's what we are getting from carnival. they say this time has been fluid. it probably will continue to be. this cruise will dock sometime after 9:00 eastern. hit me one more time? we have a passenger on the cruise ship. julie morgan. are you with me? >> i am. >> let me ask you how you are doing. >> we are okay. our group is good. >> what do you mean good? where are you standing as we look at pictures of the cruise? >> i'm standing at the muster station on deck 4. >> i'm sorry, julie. i didn't hear
of these wires. this is what these passengers have rigged themselves in order to call us, to call their loved ones. this is how they are getting juice on their cell phones. forgive me. continue. >> i'm leaving on a carnival cruise ship next saturday. >> are you? >> and i'm still going. it's a six-day cruise. it cost me $365 per person. okay? at that price, stuff happens. i understand. they didn't expect this to happen no matter what you pay. but i got a tweet from carnival cruise last week that the week of february 1st was cold, remember that? they booked 187,000 people on their future cruises in one week. i think people are still going to cruise. >> to jay's point, it's bulletproof. chad myers, still seeing you tomorrow but i guess bon voyage. >> next week. >> obviously you saw victor blackwell on the boat in that safety range, 500 feet out per the coast guard so we can see this cruise roll in to mobile, covering this by air, helicopter up there for you. stay with cnn. i'm brooke baldwin. let's send it off to washington. hey, wolf. >>> brooke, thanks very much. we're getting exclusive live p
and police say he has access to multiple weapons and assault rifles. cnn's kyung lah is joining us from los angeles where the police chief is calling it extremely worry some and scare ree. what's the latest kyung? >> reporter: certainly scary for anyone connected to the police department in southern california. this is where today's shooting spree began but all of this, wolf, began earlier this week. the murder spree began on sunday with the double killing of a newly engaged couple, monica quan and keith lawrence, quan, the daughter of a retired lapd captain, the officer who represented christopher dorner in front of the police board that eventually fired him. dorner refers to quan's murder in his man guess stow. he writes, i never had the opportunity to have a family of my own. i'm terminating yours. self-preservation is no longer important to me. i do not fear death as i died long ago on january 2nd of '09, a date a few month after dorner was fired as a police officer. the lapd fanned out, launching 40 protection details throughout southern california. >> lapd is the specific target but a
of washington will be with us as well. a special edition of "starting point," live in washington, d.c., begins right now. >>> welcome, everybody. north korea producing a nuclear test. the minister says it's a defensive measure against "hostile activity of the united states." and more drastic measures could be on the horizon. the u.n. security council calling an emergency meeting in less than two hours. we begin with jill dougherty live at the state department. jill, good morning. what are we hearing from the white house about this? >> soledad, obviously president obama is condemning this, calling it highly provocative. he issued a statement and said north korea's nuclear weapons and bollistic missile programs constitute a threat to u.s. national security and to international peace and security. and he continued the u.s. remains vigilant in the face of north korean provocations and steadfast in our defense commitments to allies in the region. obviously ther obvious obviously, there is grave concern. the north koreans are saying they have a different type of weapon, more sophisticated, more powe
get messy. so we use tide free. no perfumes or dyes for her delicate skin. brad. not it. not it. just kidding. that's our tide. what's yours? >>> i want to get you right back out to washington, d.c., specifically the supreme court where joe johns is standing by, our justice correspondent. you got 90 seconds to tell me what they said, how they said it, the tone, and where you think it's going, joe. >> reporter: hey, ashleigh. of course, the issue is section 5 of the voting rights act passed first in 1965, reauthorized four times. section 5 is the heart of the bill to assure the rights of people to vote. now, actually ought to be thrown out because perhaps it targets the wrong states or it's too broad. this discussion can really zeroed in on the fact that alabama, of course, was bringing the case -- has had a long history of discrimination. alabama claims now has cleaned up it is act, specifically can shelby county, which is the pear in this capetitioner in this ca. it will likely be a very close decision when they finally finish this thing up. back to you. >> i remember in '09, t
since 19999. the scout master of one local troop in the dallas area tells us parents of his scouts are talking about leaving scouting if, in fact, the boy scouts start to open up to gay members. activists who support a policy of inclusion say that given the lack of corporate sponsorship, the declining corporate funding, and the declining membership in the boy scouts that they need to admit gays for this organization to survive long-term, soledad. >> casey wian, thank you so much. appreciate that. >>> let's get to tony perkins, president of the family research council. on monday, the frc and other groups put an ad out. tony, thank you for talking with me list the reasons you do not support lifting this ban? >> we support the scouts and the position they have taken and for 103 years, they have been helping boys make that journey from adolescence and childhood into adulthood. and they have had a very basic code. a code of honor, code of duty, and a code of morality. they want to hold that and they have every right to do that as a private organization and we encourage them to do that t
us bound then he went out to the bathroom real quick which is real close and came back with a couple wash cloths, stuck one in each of our mouths. >> he came in with like a cord and tied it. >> couple extension cords. >> tied it around. >> put a pillow case over our head first. >> our heads. >> and then tied the cord through the mouth around the back and tied it tight. >> dorner stole their car and left. the reynolds were able to free themselves and called 911. >>> in arizona federal agents shut down a crossborder drug smuggling tunnel. the 68-foot drug tunnel was hand dug and ran from the front yard of a home in mexico to a parking lot in arizona. police seized 1200 pounds of marijuana and arrested two men. >>> and new government information shows use of the morning after pill is on the rise. from 2006 to 2010, 11% of sexually active women ages 15 to 44 said they used the emergency contraceptive. that's more than double its reported use from 2002. the study did not cite a reason for the increase. >>> i'm carol costello. thank you for joining us today. "cnn newsroom" continues right
supplies and more of what the u.s. calls nonlethal assistance. secretary of state john kerry announced the package today. he said, a lot about it. there's a lot of nuance in all of this. we have more details coming up in a live report. >>> well, the clock is ticking towards those automatic across-the-board spending cuts, due to kick in tomorrow. well, last night president obama told business leaders the cuts will be bad for them and will cause the economy to tumble downward. republicans have accused the president of resorting to scare tactics and politics instead of focusing on the debt and the deficit. >>> all right, we are talking, of course, about $85 billion in cuts over the next seven months. no one -- known in washington jargon as sequestration. let's bring in ali velshi. we've been hearing these dire scenarios from the obama administration. before we get to the questions, have a listen. >> the sequester will weaken america's economic recovery. it will weaken our military readiness. and it will weaken the basic services the american people depend on every single day. >> the reali
of a sports hero who inspired all of us. oscar pistorius, the olympic blade runner now charged with murdering his girlfriend. we will begin now with this breaking news out at sea. thousands of people waiting for their ship to come in literally. exclusive view of the carnival triumph under tow. barely inching its way forward. it is heading into the port of mobile, alabama right now about 16 miles off shore. the cruise line expects it to arrive at some time after 11:30 eastern time. a tow line broke under the strain of this massive vessel. what you're looking at, exclusive video of the ship. and some other exclusive video. a look at the revolting conditions that more than 4,200 passengers and crew have been coping with since a fire knocked out power over the weekend. buckets and bags because the toilets don't work. raw sewage streaming down hallways and pouring down walls. this video was taken by a passenger of the flooded walls walking through a corridor. >> oh, wow! that's not good obviously. she's not walking through bath water. throughout the night we'll be following the cruise ship's progr
up yet. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." cutting our pay. that's how one u.s. officer says u.s. troops view the recommendation for a smaller pay increase in 2014. no one goes into the military to get rich but most servicemen and women need every dollar in their paycheck. so worried that next paycheck may be smaller is not going over well among the troops. our pentagon correspondent barbara starr has the details. she's working the story. barbara, what's going on? >> wolf, in this town, there's nothing that causes more anxiety in budget politics than the concept of cutting the pay for the troops. but that is exactly what is on the table if congress and the president cannot reach an agreement on a spending plan. the troops usually are happy to see defense secretary leon panetta, smiles and handshakes all around. but days before he leaves office, panetta has bad news. he's proposing less money in their paycheck next year. panetta, a savvy washington operative in budget politics, is leaving it to congress to figure out how not to cut pay and keep thousands of defen
everywhere. that is what john sibley has seen in hattiesburg. he jones us on the telephone. i'm here with our meteorologist chad myers. tell us what you saw. >> reporter: i picked up the tornado out of marion county, mississippi. there was initial report that came out of their emergency management agency that a tornado had indeed touched down and struck several homes, injuring several people. from there, i was able to pick it up about 10 miles to the west of hattiesburg. the storm was larger on the western side of the interstate than the eastern side. we've been able to go through and look at our video. now, the folks in west hattiesburg, i didn't hear sirens over there, but as we moved toward the college campus. the sirens were loud and proud. also want to give a shout out to the local fire department. as the tornado was paralleling highway # 8 and moving into the city. they were out there blocking traffic to keep folks from driving into the tornado as well as police out on the interstate. they had the interstate blocked for a time. >> chad myers, just amazing video we're watching here. what
everywhere. that's what this storm chaser has seen in hattiesburg. he's joning us on the telephone. john, i am here as well with our meteorologist chad myers. tell us what you saw. >> good evening, breanna. i originally picked up the tornado as it met out of marion county, mississippi. there was an initial report that came out of their emergency management that the tornado had struck several homes and people. from there i was able to pick it up about ten miles to the west of hattiesburg and tracked it into town. the tornado itself on the west side of the interstate was indeed larger than the eastern side of the interstate. we've been able to go back and look at our video in the last couple of hours since the tornado moved through at about 5:10 p.m. central time. i didn't hear sirens over there but as we moved into the downtown area towards the college campus, those sirens were loud and proud. i also want to give a shout out to the local fire department. as the tornado was paralleling highway 98 and moving into the city, they were out there blocking traffic to keep folks from driving into th
. "we must trust in the mighty power of god's mercy. we are all sinners, but his grace transforms us and makes us new." just ahead, benedict's health, his replacement, and what's next for the catholic church. "newsroom" starts now. >>> good morning. thank you so much for joining me. i'm carol costello. we begin with a bombshell greeting 1 billion catholics around the world. their spiritual leader, pope benedict xvi stepping down at the end of the month. we're bringing you all the angles of this developing story. joining me now for this hour's special coverage, chris cuomo, he's in new york. >> good morning, carol. great to joining here. >>> shocking news because this simply hasn't been done. it's been almost 600 years since a pope resigned. it was gregory xii. it was to end the civil war. the question becomes why is pope benedict doing this now? we're going to get reaction first because no one saw this coming, certainly in this country. let's start off our coverage with deb feyerick in st. patrick's cathedral in new york city, the center of the american catholic tradition here. deb,
assessment of what went wrong and what exactly happened. >> i know you're trying to get us the actual details here. what do we know about his girlfriend, reeva steenk. mp? . >> reporter: i was just on her twitter page and it's quite sad to read the twitter page of somebody who died just a few hours ago. on it she describes herself as a model, a law graduate and a child of god. what we do see through her twitter feed is that it appears she went to a promotional party last night for a car launch and a lot of people were excited. there's a picture of her up there. she's a very beautiful blond woman and she was also just recently in the celebrity pages of one of the sunday newspapers. the couple were a bit of a celebrity couple here in south africa. we do know that. in terms of what happened, what transpired, it's tragic either way. one family has lost a sister, a daughter, of course, oscar pistorius, the big question now is the implications for his career. he was supposed to race in march. it's highly unlikely he'll be taking to the track by then. >> do we know if steenkamp and pistorius lived t
amendment rights of law-abiding citizens and are intending to use their guns safely. >> criminals aren't going to go to background checks. they are not going to go to the gun store and fill out a form. they are going to steal their guns, get them on the black market. >> well, two million people tried and were turned down because of the brady law. >> and only 44 were prosecuted. >> i'm in support of that. you just refuse to acknowledge that there's more that we can do while we focus on that and that doesn't even represent what your members think. >> the question was about common ground. this is clearly not an issue where there's common ground. i appreciate you both being on and having this discussion. we want to continue that. >>> a senior lawmaker comes "outfront" to explain why he's voting against hagel. >> and chuck grassley implies video games and not guns are the reason for america's mass shootings. what donations that he received from the nra play? >> and another commercial being called racist. i'll show you the ad and let you decide. let's go "outfront." >>> not so friendly fire
console to use in his own studio, ultimately he says the moving and the album are a celebration of musical and perfection. >> you don't have to sing exactly on key. it's the emotion of being a passionate player. and it's those imperfections that give you personality as an artist. ultimately having an appreciation for what it sounds like to be a human being, that's what sound city represents. >> reporter: nischelle turner, cnn, hollywood. >> thanks for watching, everyone. news room international with michael holmes starts now. >>> ashleigh ban field thanks. welcome everybody to newsroom international i'm michael holmes. and we are as always taking you around the world in 60 minutes. here's what's going on out there in california a manhunt intensifying for an ex-cop whose allegedly gone on a rampage shooting three los angeles police officers early this morning, one of them is dead. authorities warn christopher dorner is armed and dangerous. there he is on the screen. he's also accused in a double killing in irvine over the weekend. this all follows a chilling online manifesto in which dorner
sibley has seen. he's joining us now on the telephone. i'm here as well as our meteorologist chad meyers. tell me us what you saw. >> i origin ally picked up the tornado as it moved out of marion county, mississippi. the tornado struck down hitting several homes and injuring several people. i tracked it into down. the tornado itself on the west side was larger than the eastern side. we've been able to go back and look at our video in the last couple of hours as the tornado moved through about 5, 10:00 p.m. central time. i didn't hear any sirens in west hattiesburg, they were loud and proud. also want to give a shout out to the local fire department. as the tornado was paralleling highway 98 and moving into the city, they were out there watching traffic to keep folks from driving into the tornado as well as police out on the int interstate. they had the interstate blocked. >> just amazing video. what type of damage have you seen in. >> the damage is telephone poles and power lines snapped off at the ground as well as windows blown in one side of the building and blown out the damage. ther
. it has a lot to do with the the makeup of society. help us understand how judges are schooled to deal with cases without the aid of a jury. >> in south africa we believe that judges spend their entire working lives being immersed in the law and trained in the law and schooled towards being objective in applying their minds to the facts in the law in a neutral way. and that is the safeguard for justice. we also every aspect of our legal system is imbued with our constitution and our constitutional law. and the constitution itself really was a very collaborative process that is an expression of the people of south africa. in that prospect, they have a voice in the law and an influence in the law, but not in terms of deciding individual cases. >> mark, as you and i talked about, the magistrate commended pistorius for offering this very, very complete and thorough affidavit. his version of the events for the record. he even said it helped him in making his decision to grant him bail. couldn't that come back to haunt him? >> absolutely. they made the calculated decision. they said this cas
, he alleged 3 threatened to use his navy training to harm police officers involved in the case and their families. quoting here, i will bring unconventional and a symmetrical warfare to those in lapd uniform weather on or off duty. now an irvine couple is shot to death in the parking deck of their upscale complex. the victims are monica quan and her fiance. her father, randy was a retired cop who worked with dorner. inside night, police name christopher jordan dorner the chief suspect in the sunday night murders. police warees erous. dorner is say reservist known to be a skilled marksman. thursday around 1:30 in the morning, ktla reports doerner is spotted in corona. two police officers are in purr cute when dorner gets out of the truck and starts firing. one was grazed and the other not hurt. dorner flees. then a short time later, another shooting involving cops. this time in riverside. police say two officers on routine patrol are shot after being ambushed at an intersection. one officer is dead and another critically wounded. authorities are linking both shootings to dorner.
of a grateful nation, thanks to all of you for showing us what it means to be a citizen of this country that we love. hopefully we will all draw inspiration from this and remember why it is that we're lucky to be living in the great he is nation on earth. thank you all for coming and he jo enjoy the reception. >> there you see the president in the east roochlt white houm house giving out the president sal citizens medal including those to the teachers at newtown lost in that shooting. is this one of the highest honors that the president can give. >>> welcome to newsroom international. we're taking you around the world in the next 60 minutes. here is what's going on right now. sonic booms rocking russia after a meteor streaks through the sky. the shockwaves shattering windows will. russia's state news agency saying more than 1,000 were injured. this happened on the same day that a huge asteroid is flying extremely close to the earth. bill nye the science guy will explain what's going on in just a couple of minutes. >>> pretoria, south affair characterization oscar pistorius formally charged with
for the first time. >>> and a massive airline merger this morning. u.s. airways and american airlines will join forces to create the world's largest airline. i will tell you what it means for your frequent flier miles and for your fares. >>> among our guests this morning, two moms who have got young daughters on that carnival cruise ship that's now stranded in the golf. also we'll talk to ariana williams, a former girl friend of christopher dorner. and former l.a. police chief bill bratton will join us. richard simmons is with us and westminster's best in show winner, banana joe, is with us. "starting point" starts right now. >>> welcome, everybody. we start with breaking news this morning. there's been a deadly shooting at the home of the blade runner, track superstar oscar pistorius. his girlfriend, model reeva steenkamp, shot and killed in pistorius' home. police say there is a 26-year-old man in custody and that man has been charged with murder. they have not yet confirmed, though, that that man is pistorius, although we should note pistorius is 26 years old and that he and steenkamp appare
sometimes. >> all the single ladies. thanks very much for joining us. you can follow us on twitter @wolfblitzer, @katebaldu an. >>> up next, senators rough up chuck hagel during his confirmation hearing. a senior lawmaker is "outfront" to explain why he's voting against chuck hagel. and chuck grassley implies the video games, not guns, are the reasons for america's mass shootings. what role did the donations he received from the nra play? and another super bowl ad being called racist. we'll show you the ad. it's a near and dear to our heart topic. let's go "outfront." >>> and we begin right now, though, with breaking news. you are looking at pictures right now of mexico city. this is a live shot that you're watching from our affiliate, forotv. right now, they're reporting that five people are dead and at least 75 are injured. there was an explosion at the offices of mexico's state-run pemex oil company. there are at least 30 people still trapped in the building. it's up clear right now what caused that explosion. we are trying to figure that out for you. we will monitor that, and a
use, liver disease and before you reduce or stop cymbalta. dizziness or fainting may occur upon standing. take the next step. talk to your doctor. cymbalta can help. >>> i'm ashley banfield and we're tracking breaking news. we start in wilmington, delaware. a shooting at a courthouse. this is the scene currently as we look at it. there are two women who have been killed and the alleged gunman also killed in a shoot-out with officers there. two officers also hurt in this incident. the details of who the alleged gunman is and why he may have opened fire still not known to us. but we're following this very carefully, two capital police officers they're called there in delaware. delaware capital police officers injured. and we're watching to see the significance of their injuries, as well. we'll update you as we got more information. but there you have it, three dead in a courthouse shooting there. >>> and now to a shocker out of vatican city. pope benedict xvi stepping down. he'll retire at the end of the month in order to late younger man take over as pope. here is part of the res
>>> that's it for us. we'll see you one hour from now. piers morgan starts now. filling in is robin meade. >> i'm robin meade in for piers. hell on the high seas. >> i promise you none of my family members will ever take another cruise. >> the carnival cruise nightmare. 4,000 stranded on that crippled ship, slowly being pushed ashore. family members anxiously awaiting for its arrival. and i'll talk to a doctor about the real health threat on that ship. >> this is a floating petrie dish. >>> guns in america. the president's big push for a sweeping new ban. >> from the two months since newtown, more than 1,000 birthdays, graduations, anniversaries have been stolen from our lives by a bullet from a gun. >> i'll talk to the husband of the school psychologist who died at sandy hook. >>> plus, the legendary jane fonda. this is "piers morgan tonight." i'm robin meade. normally you're going to find me on hln's "morning express," but i'm here tonight and thank you to piers and everyone who normally watches him for allowing me to sit in. we have a lot of news to get to. we start with that 900
on the l.i.e. due to the heavy snowfall. alison kosik joins us now from ronkokoma, new york. >> it's monday morning, people are trying to get to work and part of the long island expressway, the reyes bound side is closed. the westbound side, the part that heads to new york city, that is open. the cars are going. but if you're lucky enough to get to the highway, that's a great thing. the side streets are a different story. they barely have been plowed. look at how deep this snow still is days after this blizzard hit. i talked with one person this morning. he said it took him one hour to go ten miles, just to give you an idea about how tough it is to travel on these side streets. look at that big truck over here. it just got stuck here. we have a suffolk police officer trying to help that trucker. why about these highways close? we can go back to that video you showed, john. over the weekend, you know, this storm really hit on friday during rush hour. a lot of people were trying to head home, beat the storm but they clearly didn't because the snow fell so fast so hard. that's why those -- tha
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start." thank you for joining us. i'm john berman. >> and i'm zoraida sambolin. >>> "starting point" with soledad o'brien starts right now. >> welcome, everybody. a developing story. bitter winter storm wreaking havoc across much of the country. roofs collapsing, drivers trapped and airports a mess two people are dead as record snow falls on the plains and flood warnings threaten the southeast. the storm turning out to be much worse than expected. live team coverage ahead. >>> and a new shocking investigation, "usa today" says there is a growing bioterror threat from within our own country. talking about diseases like anthrax and the plague. details in leave report. >>> new overnight, a hot air balloon carrying more than a dozen tourists explodes and crashes to the ground in egypt. also happening, one of britain's top catholic leaders speaking out about the grelatest scandal shocking the church. and a claim by a former friar that homosexuality is a ticking time bomb for the church. >>> we are all looking at itsly and why what's important for politic there is affecting what's happeni
nose at the u.s. and the international community by carrying out a new, more powerful nuclear test. is the first one under kim jong-un, press obama calls it a threat to u.s. security and world peace. the first indication of the underground test came when seismologists detected a tremor in an area not known for earthquakes. >>> in his state of the union speech tonight, president obama will announce 34,000 u.s. troops will be home from afghanistan by this time next year. jake tapper, the first to break the news after talking to sources who know about the president's speech. the move's going to cut the number of troops in afghanistan by more than half. troop reductions will continue through the end of next year. >>> so more than 4,000 people if you can imagine this, stuck on this cruise ship, disabled cruise ship. they are hot. they are hungry. they are holding their noses because toilets are overflowing. folks feeling desperate now. the ship is finally on the move. you have tugboats towing it to mobile, alabama, originally headed to a port in mexico but strong currents pushed it 90 m
bin laden from the u.s. navy s.e.a.l. who took him out. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> all that coming up, but there's also developments happening right now in southern california. frayed nerves and a cold trail, as investigators search for the fired los angeles police officer christopher dorner who's declared war on the police, now wanted in the murders of three people. we're standing by for a news conference. the prosecutor is going to be giving us new information. let's check in with cnn's miguel marquez in los angeles for an update. do police have any serious clues right now? >> reporter: it's not for lack of trying. they are trying to create those clues. they say they have 600 clues that hundreds of investigators are trying to pile through. right now, people are very nervous across the entire state. nervous students return. schools finally reopened in big bear. >> there's a bad guy on the loose and we don't want to get shot by him. >> reporter: today, it's security, along with students. >> today we feel much better.
during the proceedings, no video. your pictures are it. can you show us some of the pictures? and here we have -- talk us through it. >> this is the attorney, i think was the day that he did really well with oscar. >> and this is oscar pistorius? >> this is oscar pistorius. this is the judge and now for the state. just full of media, trying to create emotion and an idea of what's actually happening in court. just chaos inside there. >> the strongest image you've got here showing the emotion on oscar pistorius, which picture would you have? >> this is the family i did today. this is his coach at the back. this is his father and the sister and brother. so that was important with this judgment to get them into a shot and trying to get emotion. but there was no -- >> a took a lot of time. we heard from the coach saying he's very concerned about his mental well,. wanted him to get back into training. there were moments when he was breaking down in tears in the courtroom. were you able to capture those? >> yes, and in the previous ones that we're not showing right now, i tried capturing it, but
for joining us. i'm fredricka whitfield. the top stories we're following for you right now, the vatican is sapphiring back against media reports on sex, money and gay priests calling them unverified or completely false would if italian publications claim pope benedict decided to resign the same day he received an explosive report on a gay lobby lurking in the vatican. cnn's senior international correspondent ben wedeman is in rome. >> they are blasting in uncharacteristically strong terms, fredricka, are these reports, reports that appeared in a daily newspaper, "la repubblica" and a week live magazine panorama which suggests that indeed this group of three cardinals who were assigned by pope benedict to look into wrongdoing in the vatican found or allegedly uncovered, according to these publications a network of gay priests within the vatican who were being blackmailed according to these reports by a network of male prostitutes in rome. now, the vatican is roundly denying that these reports taking place, accusing the italian media of trying to influence the conclave, that group of 116
pages, this reveals when the united states can use lethal force against an american linked to al qaeda. talked to critics, they say the scariest aspect of the 16-page memo is its lack of detail. for some time, a number of lawmakers have been calling for the release of material detailing what guidance the president uses to call for a drone strike. the most high profile incident is the death of anwar al awlaki and al qaeda leader and american killed in a drone strike in yemen, in 2010. his father is suing multiple u.s. officials for the death of his son, and his grandson, abdul rahman, killed in a separate drone attack. >> i don't necessarily agree with what some of the things he said. but does that men they should kill him outside the law. >> as painful as it was to see your son killed, did you in the back of your mind expect that to happen? >> in anwar it was expected because he was under target killing. but how they go and kill abdul rahman, small boy, u.s. citizen from denver, colorado. >> no doubt, this leaked paper from the department of justice will come into play during the thurs
transforms us and makes us new. this would be historical. the last time a pope resigned happened 600 years ago. that would be pope gregory iv in 1415. the very first pope to resign was pope clement in the year 101, 1,100 years ago roughly that the first pope resigned. many questions about whether popes in modern times think resignation is acceptable or not. pope benedict said, in fact, made it very clear that being able to resign was acceptable and made this part of the statement released from the vatican, both strength of mind and body is necessary, and lots of questions, of course. we know the date he would be stepping down, which would be february 28th. many questions about why now? mep notice that the pope is much more frail in recent months, and the question would be unbelie unbelievably unusual. let's go to nic robertson joining us by phone. nic, lots of questions. nic live in london this morning. a bit of a stunner. was there any indication that this resignation was coming? >> absolutely none whatsoever, and the last few months, the pope started a twitter account, not what you expec
guns illegally. >> i want to turn back to the personal. neil hessling who joins us tonight. >> you spoke today about your last moments with your son. as you think back to that day what memory sticks out to you the most? >> the most touching was when he got out of the truck and unbuckled his seatbelt and embraced me and was patting me on the back and was holding me. >> why is it so important for you to have been in washington today and testify and speak about gun control and your son? >> well, i just feel that it is something i have to do. i feel i'm his voice and i feel there has to think chabe change be effective. >> you talked today about changes in mental health laws and background checks and gun control legislation and high capacity magazines one or all of these things to be acted upon? >> i think any changes is going to help. but i think for it to be um significant change and they all have to take place what happened in sandy hook elementary there were many factors that lead to that. the main cause was an assault style weapon that was carried out in the massacre out. the main
of tonight's speech especially with the u.s. supreme court revisiting section five of the voting rights act february 27th. this is a huge issue affecting americans. >> congressman what do you think? >> state of the union is almost like the old story emperor's clothes. you say how wonderful everything is. >> state of the union is strong. >> the american people realize they need jobs and the most important thing they want this country to come back together again. i hope the president is listening to this show. >> can you see up jobs, tee up one side? >> no. >> they want to hear we're turning back this heavy tax and heavy regulation but the most important the president could come out tonight and say we want to bring this country back together. >> there are districts where that is not what they want to hear. that's the fundamental problem. we went through president bush of deregulation and cutting taxes and that did not create jobs. we have a larger structural problem it's not clear either party really knows how to address and that is above all what americans want some answer on that. >> what a
. >> and they called us at the same time, so i could hear rebecca over my daughter through her phone talking to her mom, and i've got mine, you know, just this gut wrenching crying, momma, just come get me. it's so hot. i don't want to be here, momma. just come get me, please. just to hear that. your heart stops. your stomach just knots up and you want to fall to the ground. but you don't. you pick yourself up and you get to your kid. >> what information do you guys have about what they are putting up with as passengers? i mean, we hear, okay, that there's very little sewage, there's very little running toilets and little food. but what did they tell you? >> monday i talked to my ex-husband and he told me that they had just eaten onion sandwiches and they were asking to use the red plastic bags to use the restroom in, and they had some fruit. they did have some water, but it was warm bottled water. and the conditions were just getting worse. >> what my daughter told me, i tried not to focus on the negative, i tried to focus on the fact that i loved her and missed her and i was going to do everything i
with us. the cruise nightmare is nearing ab end this morning. as thousands of people finally begin their journey home. . >> what a journey. we're in mobile just in front of the carnival cruiseline "triumph." hours ago this cruise pushed by those four tug boats making sure this thing was in line as it pulled here in mobile. a steady stream of more than 4,000 people, finally got off. all relieved to be off the listing, the stinking ship after enduring brutal conditions here for five long days. it was the sound passengers waited five agonizing days for, the horn, signaling the carnival "triumph" had finally arrived in port. cheers ending days of misery. >> happy to be home. >> wonderful to be home. >> passengers headed to a hot shower and warm bed. leaving their well documents vacation from hell behind. many heaping praise on the cruise in the process. >> they served us with smiles and served us in ways that are truly unthinkable. >> as unthinkable as this the now infamous red bags used in place of nonworking toilets. but nothing compared to this video, that squishy sound is a urine-s
its policy on gays. lots of discussion surrounding this. happy you're with us this morning. >> it is wednesday, we're halfway there, february 6th, 5:00 a.m. in the east. let's get started. we are learning a lot more this morning about the fbi raid that saved a kidnapped boy this alabama. it turns out the raid that freed ethan came just in the nick of time because jimmy lee dykes, the man who snatched the child off a school bus and held him captive for close to a week had his bunker rigged with a pair of bombs. this morning bomb technicians are still looking for even more explosives at the scene. victor blackwell is live from midland city. and victor, ethan turns six today. it's his birthday and this morning new details about his rescue. >> reporter: john, we also have new details about the seemingly premeditated method of this operation to kidnap ethan and for the first time we are seeing the crime scene thanks to new photos from the fbi. four feet below this spot is the bunker where jimmy lee dykes held ethan hostage for a week. this is the pipe of fbi says dykes told agen
up with u.s. companieses that does business there. mixed economic news here at home m weekly unemployment claims came in higher than expected but the housing market, yeah, that remains a bright spot. existing home sales we found out today, they rose and home prices have been going up. that was good news. stocks were lower but they have bounced back up. >> that's a nice way to end the hour and the day with the markets and good news. a couple bits of good news. thank you so much, alison kosik. that's going to do it for me. "the situation room" with wolf blitzer starts right now. >>> fred, thanks very much. happening now, a brazen shooting leads to a deadly chain reaction crash all within major sites of major casinos in las vegas. >>> the major investigator in the pistorius case has been thrown off the case. >>> and a senator admits that he fathered a child with another one-time senator's daughter. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> all that coming up. we begin with today's new concerted effort to make president obama withdraw the nomination of chuck hagel to
anxiously awaiting for its arrival. join us tonight. and i'll talk to a doctor about the real health threat on that ship. >> this is a floating petrie dish. >>> also, gunses in america. the president's big push for a sweeping new ban. >> from the two months since newtown, more than 1,000 birthdays, graduations, anniversaries have been stolen from our lives by a bullet from a gun. >> i'll talk to the husband of the school psychologist who died at sandy hook. >>> plus, the legendary jane fonda. her message for women everywhere. this is "piers morgan tonight." >>> good evening. i'm robin meade. normally you're going to find me on hln's "morning express," but i'm here tonight and thank you to piers and everyone who normally watches him for allowing me to sit in. we have a lot of news to get to. we start with that 900 foot, 14 story cruise ship that is adrift this hour in the gulf of mexico. and the growing desperation and anger for the thousands trapped on it. the ship is called the "triumph" and it's being slowly towed to land. it should arrive in mobile, alabama, tomorrow afternoon. what it m
the president. thank you. >> reporter: so the point, of course, is to use the star power of these artists to try to put pressure on congress to pass new gun laws. at the same time increasing the visibility of the organization mayors against illegal guns. they're pushing for improving background checks on gun purchases, passing the recent proposal to make gun trafficking a crime. also promoting proposals to get high capacity magazines off the streets, banning certain automatic -- semi-automatic fire arms, so-called assault weapons. also, actress amanda peet brought up the issue of further mental health screening for people trying to buy guns. listen. >> doing nothing will fail. doing nothing has failed. to people who question the potential effectiveness and/or practicality of these measures, to the people who say it would have happened anyway or we won't catch everybody, i say doing nothing has failed. >> reporter: i talked to mark glades, the director of mayors against illegal guns, he was at the news conference. he said they want to show there is a broad coalition that cuts across all demograph
overrun. looking back, one of them said i'm surprised any of us made it out. but they are here today. and i would ask these soldiers, this band of brothers, to stand and accept the gratitude of our entire nation. >> there were many lessons from cop keating. one of them, our troops should never, ever be put in a position where they have to defend the indefensible. but that's what these soldiers did for each other, in sacrifice driven by pure love. and because they did, a grieving family was able to welcome their soldier home one last time and more soldiers are alive today to carry on, to keep alive the memory of their fallen brothers, to help make sure that this country that we love so much remains strong and free. what was it that turned the tide that day? how was it that so few americans prevailed against so many is we prepared for the reading of the citation, i'll leave you with the words of clint himself. because they say something about our army and they say something about america, they say something about our spirit, which iwill never be broken. we weren't going to be beat that
luck monitoring it and we'll be watching it closely. what paul and the others here tell us is you're not going to be able to see this with the naked eye. you'll need a telescope, at least in the northern hemisphere to see this and you'll have to wait until after sunset on friday because the asteroid will be moving away from earth at a very rapid rate of speet. they'll be using that tracking antenna to get a visual of the asteroid and measure its depth and its length. they only know it's about half the size of a football field, but they don't know how long it is, how deep it is, or the chemical composition of it. that's what they'll be tracking after this thing passes earth. wolf? >> brian todd, thanks very much. take a look at this, our exclusive live pictures of the "carnival triumph" slowly, slowly making its way to mobile, alabama. stay with cnn throughout the night for continuing coverage of this dramatic and important story. >> a busy night ahead. that's for sure. >> "erin burnett outfront" starts right now. . >>> "outfront" next, we're in mobile, alabama, tonight, where the
it gets here it will be greeted by members of the u.s. coast guard and the nationshtio transportation safety board. it's no exaggeration to say this cruise to paradise has turned into a cruise through hell. >> raw sewage, pretty bad. when you walk in the hallways, you have to cover your face, we don't have any masks for breathing. it's just disgusting. >> reporter: sunday's fire which disabled the cruise ship's engines, disabled many of the toilets t hot water and the air conditioners. >> the rooms are very hot unless you have a balcony room and then you can kind of get air and light, but if you have an interior room like mine, it's pretty dark in there and pretty smelly especially if someone used your bathroom. >> reporter: as for food -- >> bread, boxed cereal and water and sodas and they just opened the bar to give people free beer and wine. >> reporter: fresh food is being brought aboard from other cruise ships. tug boats are brewing the ship to port in the mobile, alabama. meanwhile the crew are doing what they can. >> we're not having as much fun as what we had planned, but ever
, american, u.s. airways now the world's biggest airline. what it means for ticket prices. >>> and top dog. >> the affenpinscher. banana joe. >> the little black pooch packing up his best in show ribbon and a bag of chew toys and heading to wall street. >> joey, banana joe. >> banana joe ringing the opening bell live this hour. "newsro "newsroom" starts now. good morning, thank you so much for being with me. i'm carol costello. we start with a shocking valentine's day tragedy, the world renowned olympian oscar pistorius has been charged with murder in the death of his girlfriend. his girlfriend model reeva steenkamp only 29 years old found dead at pistorius' home. joining us now is robyn curnow, in south africa. what is the latest, robyn? >> hi there. this much we know. oscar pistorious will be formally charged with murder on friday morning, tomorrow, south african time. he's going to spend the night in jail here after quite a tranlgic set of events today. what do we know, is that his girlfriend was shot dead, initial ll lly reports suggeste had mistaken her for being an intruder. the poli
that case says social media has spurred a new class of crime. >> the use of social media to recruit young girls into the sex trade is definitely on the rise. preinternet, if they sent a letter to a young girl saying, you're cute, we think you should come work for us, it strikes me as impossible that that approach would have ever worked. so a crime like this, i think, simply couldn't have happened 15 or 20 years ago. >> reporter: one common move, having a woman reach out. >> i used to have to sit next to my ex-pimp and help him recruit girls. >> reporter: but those same pages used to recruit are also used to rescue. >> i can go and see who all liked this, and that can lead me to looking for girls who look like they need help. >> reporter: law enforcement sources say facebook reacts swiftly when notified of elicit activity on specific contacts. facebook says it takes human trafficking very seriously and built complex systems to flag and block such material. tag.com says it has numerous tech and educational tools to empower and protect users, and has a dedicated team to respond to unau
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